Fatah official: Reviving peace process not to succeed

09:49, January 07, 2011      

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The Peace talks with Israel have hit a deadlock and all attempts to revive them will not succeed, a jailed leader of the Fatah party said Thursday.

"This is simply because there is no strategic decision in Israel to make peace," said Marwan al-Barghouthi in a written statement from his prison, "for us, peace is ending the occupation and withdrawing to the 1967 borders."

The Middle East peace talks stopped after Israel resumed building settlements in the West Bank, shortly after the United States brokered the negotiations in September.

Al-Barghouthi said reviving the peace talks "will not be useful, " adding that the process is like providing artificial respiration to a dead body.

He also called for "breaking the U.S. monopoly" on the Israeli- Palestinian file and moving the issue to the UN instead.

The Palestinians plan to ask the UN Security Council to recognize an independent Palestinian state and is gathering international support for this move. Brazil, Argentina and some other Latin American countries have recently recognized a sovereign Palestinian state within the 1967 borders.

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